Franklin Delano Roosevelt Quotes (62 quotations)

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1. A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

2. Above all, try something. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

3. As a matter of fact and law, the governing rights of the States are all of those which have not been surrendered to the National Government by the Constitution or its amendments. Wisely or unwisely, people know that under the Eighteenth Amendment Congress has been given the right to legislate on this particular subject, but this is not the case in the matter of a great number of other vital problems of government, such as the conduct of public utilities, of banks, of insurance, of business, of agriculture, of education, of social welfare and of a dozen other important features. In these, Washington must not be encouraged to interfere. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

4. As Americans, we go forward, in the service of our country, by the will of God. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

5. Be sincere; be brief; be seated. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

6. Confidence... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

7. First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

8. Happiness is in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

9. Happiness... it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

10. He [Somoza] may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

11. Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

12. I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

13. I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities- a sense of humor and a sense of proportion. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

14. I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird, and not enough the bad luck of the early worm. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

15. If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

16. If I were starting life over again, I am inclined to think that I would go into the advertising business in preference to almost any other. The general raising of the standards of modern civilization among all groups of people during the past half century would have been impossible without the spreading of the knowledge of higher standards by means of advertising. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

17. If you treat people right they will treat you right - ninety percent of the time. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

18. I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

19. In our seeking for economic and political progress, we all go up - or else we all go down. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

20. In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

21. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

22. It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

23. It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

24. It is fun to be in the same decade with you. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

25. It isn't sufficient just to want - you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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